General view of Mausoleums of the middle group, Shah-I Zinda Complex, from right to left: Unknown mausoleum, Mausoleum of the 1380s,  Octagonal pavilion, dome of the "double dome mausoleum", Samarkand, Uzbekistan, pictured on July 19, 2010, at dawn. The Shah-i-Zinda Complex is a necropolis of mausoleums whose legendary origin dates back to 676 when Kussam-ibn-Abbas arrived to convert the locals to Islam. So successful was he that he was assassinated whilst at prayer. His grave remains the centre of the sacred site which grew over many centuries, especially the 14th and 15th, into an architecturally stunning  example of ceramic art. Samarkand, a city on the Silk Road, founded as Afrosiab in the 7th century BC, is a meeting point for the world's cultures. Its most important development was in the Timurid period, 14th to 15th centuries. Picture by Manuel Cohen.

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General view of Mausoleums of the middle group, Shah-I Zinda Complex, from right to left: Unknown mausoleum, Mausoleum of the 1380s, Octagonal pavilion, dome of the "double dome mausoleum", Samarkand, Uzbekistan, pictured on July 19, 2010, at dawn. The Shah-i-Zinda Complex is a necropolis of mausoleums whose legendary origin dates back to 676 when Kussam-ibn-Abbas arrived to convert the locals to Islam. So successful was he that he was assassinated whilst at prayer. His grave...
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